Old Norwood Park is small triangular community located in the northwest side of Chicago. It sits between I-90 to the south, Harlem Ave. to the west and N. Avondale Ave. to the east. The area was developed following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, the city is a nice blue-collar neighborhood filled with teachers, police officers, construction workers, and more who call Old Norwood Park home.
There are several beautiful places to eat in the community with many of them still being locally owned. Most of the homes here are single-family, however, in recent years, several condominium buildings have been built. Most of the homes here have large yards and plenty of sidewalks lined with trees and grassy areas for your dog to walk on or do his business on. Overall, this is a very peaceful community and one you should feel safe going for a walk with your dog in.
The terrain in Old Norwood Park is like the rest of Chicago in that it is as flat as a pancake. The one thing that makes this community stand out is the unusual layout of the streets. Instead of being all squares and rectangles, the blocks feature long curved roads that can take you anywhere you want to go. The streets are lined with trees, have grass between the sidewalks and the streets, and give you and your dog somewhere safe to walk. The neighbors here are very friendly and may, in fact, slow your walk down as they stop you for a chat.
While the flat terrain may not be the most exciting of walks, you can add distance, go different ways, or head out to one of the nearby parks to let your pup run around on his leash and have a good time getting some much-needed exercise.
If you look at a satellite image of Old Norwood Park, you would see just how much green space the community has to enjoy. There are several large parks and a few smaller ones for the two of you to check out on your walk. Norwood Park has a dog-friendly area where you can let your mutt run around having fun without the need for his leash along with several other activities such as baseball and softball fields, a senior center, and plenty of trails for you and your pup to wander along as you take in all the park has to offer.
Myrtle Grove Park is a little quieter as it sits between N. Northcott Ave and W. Hood Ave. The park is mostly grass with a few shady trees and benches for you to relax on while your dog rests after a hard play session. Just remember to keep him on a leash in this area.